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Circa 1886 Restaurant

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Travellers' Choice2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings

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Preserved Rabbit
Corn Cob Bouillon, Seewee Bean Succotash, Bear Tallow
Cider Poached Apple Salad
Sour Sap, Shoots & Cress, Toasted Squash Seeds, Hominy Crunch
Rainbow Trout
Sumac n' Chestnut Crusted Trout, Braised Mushrooms n' Greens, Rainbow Carrots, Ramp Pudding
Broken Arrow Axis Venison
Sunchoke Hash, Amaranth, Sunflower Seed Butter, Sour Cherry Pan Sauce, Sage Smoke, Dandelion Greens
Squash Cake
Blackberry Wojape, Honey Pine Nut Butter, Crispy Wild Rice, Juniper Ash, White Chocolate "Honey Comb"
African Peanut Soup
Apple Ribbons, Toasted Benne Seeds, Celery, Pig Ear
Shrimp N' Rice Grits
Cabbage Leaves, Burden Creek Dairy Goat Cheese, Smoked Ham Hock Gravy, Scallions
Vegetable "One Pot"
Sapelo Island Red Peas, Preserved Tomatoes, Greens, Heart Of Palm, Pecan Oil, Hoe Cakes, Cane Syrup Butter
Piedmontese Oxtail
Conch Fritter, Pepper Pot Liquor, Young Sweet Potatoes, Mustard Greens, Pickled Okra
Kunun Aya Milk Tart
Citrus, Mango, Guava, Coconut, Banana, Passion Fruit
Veal Pâté
Pickled Pearl Onions, Beet Mustard, Spinach Pistou, Pistachio, Tarragon Crostini
Foie Gras*
Blueberry Tarte Tatin, Vanilla Turnip Purée, Pickled Ginger Bubbles
Chef Marc Collins draws inspiration from many cuisines around the world to create a menu that is truly unique to the Charleston restaurant scene. Drawing inspiration from historic Southern dishes and always highlighting what is local and in season, Chef Collins puts a healthful, distinctive spin on classic Lowcountry dishes. This means there is less butter and cream than typically seen on Southern menus. Whole grains are incorporated to dishes and ingredients are used at the peak of flavor. The result is satisfying dishes that retain their bright, bold flavors without the large amounts of fat found in many restaurant dishes. From our Plantation Rice Bread Rolls made in house daily, to the selection
US$25 - US$45
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
American, Contemporary
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent food. Great decor. Reasonably quiet. Very good place for a special event - like your wedding anniversary. My wife and I celebrated our 36th there recently - driving down from Charlotte for a few days in Charleston. A limited menu but includes steak and...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank larryg324
Reviewed 4 days ago

There's a lot to like about Circa -- elegant dining room, wonderful server (Emily), beautiful presentations, and almost everything we ordered or drank was excellent. --- except my entree, the bass. The bass was also presented beautifully, and it was good, but certainly not excellent,...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank jake2212
Reviewed 4 days ago

Breakfast was included with the hotel room and very varied and generous. Easy to leave the Holy City a bit Roly Poly!

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank alisonMDA
Reviewed 6 days ago

What a wonderful experience. Sat down to a three course meal and enjoyed every moment. A lot of the evenings enjoyment was due to our server, Denis. He had an excellent knowledge of not only the food but the right wine that goes with each...More

Date of visit: March 2019
2  Thank George W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fanatic service. Our waitress was excellent, Tanya was very knowledgeable and attentive. Food was well presented and delicious. My husband had the farm egg for appetizer & pork tenderloin for entree. He loved the flavors and liked the lemongrass scrapple. I had the vegetarian options-...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank carmenandmike
Reviewed 1 week ago

Circa 1886 is the definition of fine dining. Men wear coat and tie, women heels and hose. The dining room seats 50 comfortably, with plenty of space between tables. The atmosphere is soft, refined, quiet and dignified. The service impeccable. We are losing these kind...More

Date of visit: February 2019
2  Thank Svensota
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed at the Wentworth Mansion because we ate at Circa 1886 a few years ago and. Thought it would be fun. We had dinner again at Circa 1886 and it was so delicious, so even if you don’t stay at Wentworth, have dinner at...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our table was ready and waiting when we arrived. This is an elegant room and the table was just beautiful. We enjoyed our meal from start to finish. We both tried new foods we hadn't experienced before which was fun. The food was presented beautifully...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank Journey791604
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved it in every way. The exterior was magical, the food was excellent, and the service was fantastic (Denis!). We ate their twice on this visit, and Denis” recommendations and hospitality made it very special. If you love great food and culinary experiences, then make...More

Date of visit: March 2019
1  Thank Presbyopiadude
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Since we stayed at the Fulton Lane Inn, we were given a deal on a 3-course dinner here. Excellent deal. The dining atmosphere was wonderful; like dining in your millionare uncle's house. First-rate interior, service, and food. Every part of the meal was the best...More

Date of visit: March 2019
2  Thank KaneCountyCritic
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20 September 2018|
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Response from planningpro | Reviewed this property |
not a strict dress code, but many people wear jackets.
27 April 2017|
Response from OwnerCharmingInns | Property representative |
Thank you for your inquiry. We have an outdoor patio that can certainly accommodate dogs. Unfortunately, the patio is not available during inclement weather, so please call ahead to guarantee availability.
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